I said this out loud while fidgeting with a pair of frames I owned. Holding them in my hand, I couldn’t help but notice how over the years, the pairs I have accumulated just felt so similar to one another. The designs, the colors, the tones, the materials, they all just felt the same. I decided I would try something different.
I’ve always loved fashion and working with my hands, so this quest to design and shape a pair of glasses would hopefully be fun and interesting. And it was. I started with sketches. Doodles turned to more detailed drawings, which then led me to prototyping. I can actually make these. After a family trip to my brother-in-law’s farm in Southern Georgia, I became instantly inspired—Wood.
I could shape it, stain it, cut it, die it, mold it. I was obsessed. Days and nights I spent in my dimly lit garage shaping scraps of wood for hours. Experimenting and playing until I ultimately came up with this:
I set out to create something that could be different, beautiful and inspire others, and after 10 years, I’m still at it.
Now, Tommy Owens is a small team of designers and craftsmen working together. From style to fit, we create handmade wooden glasses that are unlike anything you’ve seen before; they’re thinner, stronger, and designed to fit you like a perfectly tailored suit. We know you’ll love our premium wood frames because each one is designed and shaped to be uniquely you.